New polls give French majority for treaty

3rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 2 (AFP) - Two new opinion polls released Monday indicated that a majority of French voters will approve the European Union constitution in a May 29 referendum, giving a much-needed boost to the country's 'yes' campaigners.

PARIS, May 2 (AFP) - Two new opinion polls released Monday indicated that a majority of French voters will approve the European Union constitution in a May 29 referendum, giving a much-needed boost to the country's 'yes' campaigners.  

Fifty-three percent of decided voters will say 'yes' in the referendum, up five points from the last Ipsos poll, according to the survey by the Ipsos polling institute for Le Figaro newspaper and Europe 1 radio.  

A CSA poll conducted for Le Parisien newspaper gauged the 'yes' camp at 51 percent.  

The polls were the second and third to suggest that French voters could approve the treaty, aimed at simplifying decision-making in the expanded EU, after a string of recent surveys had indicated a victory for the 'no' camp.  

On Saturday, a TNS-Sofres-Unilog poll put support for the EU constitution among decided voters at 52 percent, but nearly a quarter of the 1,000 people quizzed said they had still not made up their minds.  

Two others polls released Monday by the BVA and Louis Harris institutes suggested that treaty opponents would prevail with either 51 or 52 percent of the vote, but both also showed the 'no' camp losing ground.  

All 25 EU member states must approve the constitutional treaty, either by popular referendum or parliamentary vote.  

If such a heavyweight EU member as France rejects the constitution, many observers believe the treaty will be stopped in its tracks.

 

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